Lifeboats are on board every ship to ensure if people need to go overboard they have emergency lifeboats to take them to safety. However, if you are in the water and you have no such boat to get into, you would doubtless be delighted to see a lifeboat heading towards you from the shore.
Lifeboat men work in demanding and often potentially-dangerous surroundings, sometimes in bad weather and at little notice. Every boat has a coxswain and crew members who do everything they can to rescue those who are in need. Most of them are volunteers too, and can be called away to do their duties at any time.
Does health and safety apply in such situations?
Yes it does. The lifeboat station must be safe to use and work in at all times. Furthermore the lifeboat itself should be regularly checked so it is as safe as it can possibly be. While rescues can be demanding and dangerous in various ways, the crew should ensure they and the people to be rescued are never in any more danger than is absolutely necessary.
If injuries do occur, they can happen in a variety of ways. For example, they may not just happen during a rescue. If the floor in the lifeboat station is wet and there is no sign up indicating this, it could mean someone slips over. Even a sprained ankle could potentially lead to lifeboat man injury compensation. Alternatively tripping over ropes or even having problems with some of your lifesaving equipment could result in injury.
Are such incidents common?
Thankfully no. The only drama most crew members and other lifeboat workers will see is on the waves out at sea while taking part in rescues. However, it is good to know that lifeboat man injury compensation might be a possible outcome if you end up injured and you believe someone else may have been at fault in some way.
The only way to find out for sure is to contact the team working for Accident Advice Helpline. If you can get in touch today on 0800 689 0500 you can get closer to getting the answers you really want. This is your chance to find out whether your injuries warrant compensation, and if so, to learn how much you might be able to receive. Make that call to us today.
Date Published: September 29, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead